Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Eight Cup teams fail inspection at Richmond

Eight Cup teams fail inspection at Richmond

"I was struggling the last 40 laps".

It was a series of firsts at Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway.

"Short tracks, I think it's fine", Jones said. "I had not front turn". I got there, I was just a couple laps late getting there.

"I was able to get to the 19, but it just wasn't enough", he noted. "It was real important to be out front tonight, but thanks to the pit crew they kept us out there".

It was the season's first race under the lights, the first win of the season for Martin Truex, Junior and the first career win on a short track for Truex.

Cindric had grabbed the lead on a restart with 25 laps to go, but Custer regained the lead five laps later and pulled away for his second victory of the season. Joey Logano finished.178 seconds behind the race victor, as Gibbs and Team Penske maintained their stranglehold on the premier division. It's his 20th career victory and 17th in the last four seasons.

Leading 52 laps on the night, Logano again showed race-winning speed.

Logano held on for second. Bowyer was third and Kevin Harvick fourth, giving Stewart-Haas Racing two top-four finishers.

"We were close, just not close enough", Logano said. This time, however, Logano ran out of time to seal the deal and collect the trophy. Fun race, just gosh. Fun race, but, gosh, two weeks in a row I felt like we had a vehicle that could win the race, and we haven't won.

"When you're frustrated with second, that's a good sign about where your team's at".

The stage for the finish was set when the leaderboard got shuffled beginning on Lap 318 when the cars running up front began pitting under a green flag. But during a pit stop early in Stage 2, Busch was flagged for speeding on pit road. He could very quickly get win no. 4 at Richmond. "I've really enjoyed this track".

And the inspection heavily impacted the starting grid with eight of the 37 cars failing inspection at least once. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time victor on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft. As a result, a team member for each of those teams, likely each team's race engineer, will be ejected upon the completion of inspection.

Other cars that failed inspection include those of Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Matt Tifft and Joey Gase.

No racing next week for the Easter break. "We've had decent speed".

"Tonight, we didn't have the best vehicle, but we've lost here with the best auto a bunch of times". Busch posted his ninth straight top 10 to start the season.

Chase Elliott started the night 10th in points, but ran 15th and has just two top-10s this year.

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